Arranging found rocks to shape the garden

Photos in no particular order.
All the rocks were recovered from our property.

(Appropriately enough, the name 'Staunton' means 'Stone ground!')


0021_2. The source of many rocks used in the garden: the bottom of the ravine.

At the bottom of the ravine. A stream had previously flowed through here.

Rock lineup at the bottom of the ravine.

2106. At the bottom of the ravine, waiting to be inched up to the top. Hard work!

0007_2. Looking down into the ravine on the east side of the property.


0005. Too big for the wheelbarrow, many rocks had to be pulled up with a come-along.

Going up a path on the side of the ravine.

Steel rollers help in getting rocks up and over an old car body.

Halfway up the side of the ravine, having got past the car frame.

An old car frame (a Hudson), as well as other junk, makes it hard to recover rocks.

Pathways had to be cut into the side of the ravine so that rocks could be dragged up.

Looking down a pathway to the bottom of the ravine.

2105. Plenty of rocks were found buried in the side of the ravine.


3006. Up from the bottom of the ravine and ready to be moved.

12. Ready for transportation.

11. Ready to be dragged across the lawn, using long chains.

0027. Another good haul of useful material.

2752. Getting these rocks in place will keep me busy for a day or two.

4486. Nowhere convenient to anchor to, so a peg driven into the ground has to suffice.


0009. If the rock has at least one flat surface, steel rollers make the moving easier.

18. Pulling out a big one.

3959. Up through the bush with another find.

16. Small rocks dug out from beneath a big one (to the left).

A lineup of rocks being dragged across the lawn.

The same lineup, seen from the other end.


Rocks are dragged up from the ravine and placed (December 2014).

Becky, the girl on the fountain, seems a little astonished at the size of this one.

4673. Sometimes it's easier to drag rocks when the ground is frozen (2008).

4672. Cold work with cables and chains.

4669. No flower beds, as yet, to impede progress.

4668. The open structure (left) was intended to be a gazebo, but is now an enclosed tool shed.

4667. The boxwoods (right) have long since been transplanted.

4487. Unfortunately, almost all the rocks have to be taken uphill, not down!

3028. Another biggie being dragged uphill, using an improvised anchor point.

2985. Some big ones waiting in a lineup.

2812. Sometimes a temporary earth ramp is needed to roll rocks up a gradient.


3790. Rocks define pathway outside the front gate. Soil in background will be used as backfill.

3684. Some of these brutes were hard to maneuver!

Steps are being laid out in the form of water-ripples in a bay. All garden lines flow like water.

2735. Steep drop-off on north side of property means lots of retaining walls to form tractor path.

2728. This rock has natural steps!

2240. Rocks of various sizes being assembled for a retaining wall, north side.

2233. Looking down on top of a retaining wall, with path below, north side.

2226. Retaining wall under construction, north side.

0010. Curving path being made alongside church, leading east.

0006. One rock that fractures naturally makes two excellent stepping-stones!


More rocks being moved, December 2014.

4484. Another very long pull, the anchor point being on the far side of the garden.


c1. The beginnings of the garden, in June 2007. A hole is dug to receive a large rock.

c2. A curved bed begins to take shape (later totally rearranged).

c4. Curving flower beds begin to occupy the steep slope up to the back of the house.

0008. Rock ready to be added to a wall defining the 'circle lawn.'

bc1. A pile of very big rocks that had been bulldozed into a corner are separated, ready to be rearranged.

bc2. Continuing the process.

bc4. The semicircle is almost finished.

3545. Almost complete semicircle, northwest corner of the lot.

3546. Completed semicircle, north west corner.

3805. Backfilling the semicircle with soil donated from a garden club friend (thanks, Sue).

4555. Making a semicircle from a pile of huge rocks (2008).

4551. Rocks define the edge of a curving pathway leading to the chapel.

4542. Where you have to be careful not to crush your fingers or break a leg.

4552. Big rocks being rearranged to allow for a curving pathway.

4533. Soil has to be removed for rocks to be positioned.

4498. How to drop it down into position without having it get away and roll downhill?

4497. Plenty of chains, rope and rollers control the positioning.

4496. Easing the rock down into place.


0003. This nice flat surface will form a step up to a pathway.

1856. Steps to lawn (right), with smaller flat-sided rocks being used for pathways.

Some rather nice rocks of a nice blue cast are found in the ravine.

Toby, our old dog, seems a little hesitant about being the first to try out the new set of steps!

01. Even when the steps are finished, he still seems reluctant (2014).

2799. Flat-surfaced rocks wind diagonally up a steep embankment on the west side.


15. Replacing rotted-out landscape ties with rocks -- at no cost!

0003-2. Dragging a rock to a higher level. Flat-sided rocks (left) form steps.

09. Rocks with no flat surfaces are used to form terrace walls.

Retaining wall above waterfall, west side. September 2015.

Terracing being formed, west side.

Skidding a rock up steel bars, to be placed on a higher level.

0003_2. Big rocks form a retaining wall, while smaller ones form a pathway.


4491. Just a tiny point sticking up in the lawn leads to another iceberg.

Big rocks are to be found everywhere in the garden, not only in the ravine.

10_14. This rock is too useful to be left under the flower-bed!.

0041. Digging up a dandelion root in a grass path results in a decent rock being uncovered.

2958. Another one, found just below the surface.

0002-2. Yet another reluctantly emerges, this time from a flower bed.

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